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December 8, 2016                                                                                 Bulletin 5 *updated* Winter Methods has been updated.
August 18, 2016                                                                                         Bulletin 7 Standards for Electronic Submissions of Permit Reports has been updated.
April 1, 2016                                                                                         Bulletin 25 has been updated to require shapefiles and provide clarification regarding when notification is required.
March 29, 2016                                                                                  Template for the OGC Permit Application has been added.
January 5, 2016
Templates for Section 14 (Heritage Inspection) and Section 12 (Alteration) applications are now available. These templates must be used for all permit applications as of January 1, 2016.

January 5, 2016
Revisions to the Mapping and Shapefile Requirements have been made. Please see the Archaeology Branch Guidelines Transition Project table for details.

February 06, 2015
Information Bulletin Number 17 Field Director Qualification requirements has been updated.  
January 15, 2015
Information Bulletin Number 24 Annual Reporting for Multiyear Heritage Inspection Studies has been updated.                                  


Website Overview

This website contains information about the protection, conservation and public appreciation of British Columbia’s archaeological resources – the physical remains of past human activity.

At this site, you will find information about the laws, policies and procedures for protecting archaeological sites and artifacts in British Columbia – resources that range from local to international significance.

The site is divided into sections containing information tailored to a number of groups having an interest in British Columbia archaeology or a need to incorporate archaeological concerns into their planning and development.

  • Archaeology in British Columbia is an introduction to the types of sites found in British Columbia and explains what to do if you come across an archaeological site or find human remains.
  • Reporting Archaeological Artifact Finds explains why it is important to report finds to the Province and what to do if you encounter human remains.
  • Requesting Archaeological Site Records is a shortcut to our data request pages and allows you to receive information on site locations. Please note that this information is distributed on a need to know basis.
  • Archaeological Professionals need this site to access archaeological data and keep abreast of the policies and procedures that guide their work. New! The Archaeology Branch is introducing an online Archaeological Permit Tracking System.  Additional details are available at this link.
  • First Nations use archaeological information to integrate into their land and resource management planning.
  • Property owners and developers can find out if there is an archaeological site on their property and what steps they must take before developing within a protected archaeological site.
  • Forest licensees and other natural resource stakeholders should review for advice and requirements on implementing an archaeological resource management approach that will safeguard these sites and comply with Provincial legislation.
  • Local Governments have an interest in identifying archaeological sites within their jurisdiction to ensure that these sites are not damaged accidentally.